Objectives: Crossroads Youth Center’s Unite Against Bullying ME Project is a free program to Raise Awareness of Bullying Prevention and to honor and support October as National Bullying Prevention month through events, activities and education. Funds raised are granted back to schools and organizations in the form of educational resources. The Unite Against Bullying ME Walk-Run or Roll was established as an annual event and fundraiser to support the Project with plans to expand and develop into multiple walks throughout the state of Maine every October. If you are interested in holding a walk in your town or at your school, please contact us.
The UAB Project supports Maine Schools and community in the laws and effects of bullying with a day of Unity to includes a walk and family day following the walk that includes vendors, games, music and activities.
What is Bullying
What is bullying? In Deb Landry’s book, The Comfort Zone with Meline Kevorkian Ed.D. and Robin D’Antona, Ed.D. the authors summarize bullying as Intentional, repetitive and always involving an imbalance of power. To elaborate on the definition we know that many people might think this behavior is simply explained. However it is not.
Their first image of bullying might be of a physically intimidating boy beating up a smaller classmate
While that can still be considered bullying today, parents need to know that bullying behaviors can be much more complex and varied than the stereotype bullying might be of a physically intimidating boy beating up a smaller classmate.
For example, harmful bullying can also occur quietly and covertly, through gossip or on the Internet, causing emotional damage.
As a starting point let’s consider a few other features that have been included in definitions of bullying. Although definitions vary from source to source, most agree that an act is defined as bullying when: The behavior hurts or harms another person physically or emotionally.
The targets have difficulty stopping the behavior directed at them, and struggle to defend themselves.
Many definitions include the statement used above of an ”imbalance of power”, described as when the student with the bullying behavior has more “power”, either physically, socially, or emotionally, such as a higher social status, is physically larger or emotionally intimidating.
Many other definitions include:
The types of Bullying: The behavior can be overt, with physical behaviors, such as fighting, hitting or name calling, or it can be covert, with emotional-social interactions, such as gossiping or leaving someone out on purpose.
Intent on the part of the student with bullying behavior: “It is intentional, meaning the act is done willfully, knowingly, and with deliberation to hurt or harm,” but there is some controversy with this statement as some assert that not all bullying behavior is done with intent or that the individual bullying realizes that their behavior is hurting another individual.
Distinction about amount and duration: Many definitions indicate that the bullying is “repeated”, but the reality is that bullying can be circumstantial or chronic. It might be the result of a single situation, such as being the new student at school, or it might be behavior that has been directed at the individual for a long period of time.
About The Walk
Crossroads developed the Unite walk to Raising Awareness of Bullying Prevention and to honor and support October as National Bullying Prevention month through events, activities and education. The walk is established as an annual event with plans to expand and develop into a walk(s) throughout the entire state.
The following is a list of vendors, sponsors and individuals that support the walk. Join us to support Maine Schools and community with the family fun day that includes a walk followed by a concert on the quad at Thornton Academy with vendors, games and activities.
Bryson Taylor Publishing
Crossroads Youth Center
The Crown CARES
Saco Biddeford Savings Institution
Bob’s Discount Furniture
Market BasketSaco Valley Credit Union
Sure Winner Foods
Maine Children’s Authors
Musicians and Special Guest:
Meghan Torjussen, WMTW 8
Miss HS America Annie Jorgensen
The Maine Steiners
Miss Maine USA Ali Clair
Miss Maine Collegiate Casey Bonville
Miss Maine High Ameena Vizcarrondo
Miss Maine Jr. High Taylor Bridges
Miss Maine Elementary McKensi Mills
Rep. Terry Morrison, SP
Rep. Justin Chenette, Saco
Senator Linda Valentino
Suzie Stauble Pepper
Booths and Vendors
Children’s Bouncy House
Mason’s Chip Program
TAMS National Honor Society Face Painting
TA Middle School Story Walk sponsored by BTP
TA RSVP Club
TA National Honor Society
Maine Youth Action Network
Maine Books for Maine Kids
Bikers Against Bullying
Keeping Kids Safe
Hugh O’Brien Organization
Counseling Services Inc.
The Crown CARES
TA Anime Club